The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals had a tame game against each other on Sunday compared to their AFC Wild Card game back in January.
The Steelers and Bengals were tenacious and tough, but there was no excessive force used. Besides a helmet-to-helmet hit on Darrius Heyward-Bey and a little scuffle between Karlos Dansby and Antonio Brown, the game was tame.
No matter how tame it was, the most important part was coming out Heinz Field with a win for their home fans. The Steelers did just that, improving their record to 2-0 with a 24-16 win over the Bengals.
The Steelers earned touchdowns from Xavier Grimble, Jesse James, and DeAngelo Williams. All were receiving touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Kicker Chris Boswell converted all three extra points and a 49-yard field goal.
Roethlisberger finished off the day with 259 yards on 19/37 completed passes. He recorded two interceptions as well, which went into the hands of Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. As for Andy Dalton, he threw no interceptions, one touchdown, and had 366 yards off 31/54 completed passes.
As for the Bengals, most of their scoring came from kicker Mike Nugent, who converted an extra point and three of his three attempted field goals. The Bengals only touchdown came in the fourth quarter from Giovani Bernard.
The Steelers were led in tackling by linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Timmons recorded six tackles and one assist. Leading the secondary was safety Robert Golden with five tackles and three assists. James Harrison made his contribution to the defense with a forced fumble.
The Steelers lack of a pass rush showed again for the second week in a row as the team recorded no sacks against Dalton. The Steelers also couldn’t get to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins last weekend.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will now travel east to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, September 25 at 4:25 p.m.
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